Winter Storm Warning in effect for Anchorage, Mat-Su, Kenai
There are several weather warnings in effect as a combination of rain, freezing rain and snow are all likely for Southcentral Wednesday and Thursday.
Freezing rain was reported Wednesday afternoon in Anchorage, Eagle River and near Kenai as light showers moved in from the south and temperatures hovered near freezing. As additional rain continues to fall, we'll see additional ice accumulations through the night before temperatures drop and we see a brief transition to snow Thursday morning.
Drivers in Anchorage, Eagle River, the Mat-Su, and western Kenai Peninsula should anticipate an icy commute Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for through 1 p.m. Thursday. These locations should expect 0.1–0.3 inches of ice along with 0–2 inches of snow.
Further north and east, the Interior and Copper River Basin will stay cold enough for the precipitation to stay as all snow.
A Blizzard Warning is in effect for Thompson Pass near Keystone Canyon where 12–20 inches of snow is likely in addition to wind gusts to 40 mph. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Copper River Basin where 6–10 inches of snow is likely.
Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories are also in effect for most of the central and eastern Interior for a combination of snow and wind. Fairbanks will likely see wind gusts to 25 mph Wednesday followed by 3–5 inches of snow Thursday and Friday.
Snow and blowing snow will become a concern on the summits of the Dalton, Steese, and Elliott highways Thursday and Friday where both falling snow and gusts to 50 mph will contribute to poor visibility.
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